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  • Senator given authority to subpoena 'collusion' investigators

    07/09/2020 1:31:46 PM PDT · by bitt · 20 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 7/9/2020 | staff
    Now can demand 'records and testimony' of many Obama administration officials Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., on Thursday was given the authority to subpoena dozens of former members of the Obama administration who were involved in the Russia collusion investigation. The Obama Justice Department's probe of the now-debunked collusion claim, which included illegitimate spying on the Trump campaign, led to the special counsel probe of Robert Mueller, which couldn't find sufficient evidence of collusion. Johnson has explained that dozens of leaks of national security information fueled the "Russia narrative, first of Russia helping Trump and then, all of a sudden, the...
  • As UN panel examines 'systemic racism' in US, some countries say America is an unfair playing field

    06/17/2020 9:03:27 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/16/2020 | Frank Miles
    As the top human rights body of the United Nations seeks international scrutiny of systemic racism in response to the recent killings of African Americans by police, some countries are wondering if there is a double standard at play for America rather than the ways other countries are targeted for human rights violations because of dehumanizing their people. A draft resolution, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, singles out the United States and could become the centerpiece of a hastily scheduled debate by the Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday. The text calls for a...
  • How the Pentagon failed to sell Afghan government’s bunk ‘Bountygate’ story to US intelligence agencies

    07/09/2020 6:39:00 AM PDT · by Red Badger
    thegrayzone.com ^ | July 7, 2020 | Gareth Porter
    Another New York Times Russiagate bombshell turns out to be a dud, as dodgy stories spun out by Afghan intelligence and exploited by the Pentagon ultimately failed to convince US intelligence agencies. By Gareth Porter ======================================================================================== The New York Times dropped another Russiagate bombshell on June 26 with a sensational front-page story headlined, “Russia Secretly Offered Afghan Militants Bounties to Kill U.S. Troops, Intelligence Says.” A predictable media and political frenzy followed, reviving the anti-Russian hysteria that has excited the Beltway establishment for the past four years. But a closer look at the reporting by the Times and other mainstream...
  • BREAKING: Trump Administration TAKES DOWN Secret Iranian TERROR Operation In The US

    07/02/2020 11:52:05 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 41 replies
    Daily Fodder ^ | July 02, 2020 | Daily Fodder Team
    A forfeiture complaint and warrant were filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia alleging that all petroleum-product cargo aboard the Bella with international maritime organization (IMO) number 9208124, the Bering with IMO number 9149225, the Pandi with IMO number 9105073, and the Luna with IMO number 9208100 are subject to forfeiture based on the terrorism forfeiture statute. John C. Demers, Assistant Attorney General, National Security Division; Michael R. Sherwin, Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia; Steven W. Cagen, Special Agent in Charge, Denver, Colorado, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); Rainer S. Drolshagen, Special Agent in...
  • How could Iran retaliate for Natanz explosion? - analysis

    07/07/2020 4:35:45 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 50 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | July 7, 2020 | Seth J. Frantzman
    [Tehran] is in a difficult position because it labeled the explosion an accident, but it is now facing a deluge of foreign media reports seeking to conclude that the explosion was perpetrated by a state or group. This is what Iran's regime is reading: Major media from The New York Times to The Washington Post and local media such as Kuwait's Al-Jarida have all sought to assert that Israel was involved in the mysterious July 2 explosion at a warehouse in the Natanz nuclear enrichment facility... [t]hat could set back the program for months or a year. Iran, however, is...
  • Companies That Boycott Facebook Continue to Advertise on Russian Social Media Platform

    07/07/2020 6:44:40 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 6, 2020 | Alana Goodman
    Advertisers that are now boycotting Facebook to protest "hate speech" have spent years running ads and marketing campaigns on a Russian social media platform that bans gay-rights groups and is known as a haven for white supremacists. Over 100 companies announced a boycott of Facebook last week in protest of divisive political speech on the website. The boycott coincides with a public pressure campaign led by Joe Biden and other top Democrats to press Facebook to enforce stricter control over President Trump’s postings. But many of these companies—including Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Adidas, and Reebok—have been regular advertisers on VK, a popular...
  • Ex-Air Force intelligence worker, 46, planned to hand classified NSA information to Russia after kidnapping her six-year-old daughter and fleeing to Mexico

    07/07/2020 1:59:45 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 28 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 06 2020 | Associated Press
    A West Virginia woman who served in the Air Force planned to offer top-secret information from the National Security Agency to the Russian government, prosecutors said Monday. Elizabeth Jo Shirley pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement to one count each of willful retention of national defense information and international parental kidnapping, the U.S. Justice Department said. Shirley, 46, of Hedgesville, faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the national security charge and up to three years and a $250,000 fine on the kidnapping charge.
  • Pelosi Blames GOP for Russian Annexation of Crimea During Obama Admin

    07/06/2020 6:28:57 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 42 replies
    freebeacon ^ | JULY 1, 2020 | Elizabeth Matamoros
    Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) on Wednesday blamed Russia’s annexation of Crimea on Republicans, though the invasion took place on President Barack Obama's watch. Pelosi slammed President Donald Trump and Republicans for their alleged inability to face Russian aggression—and tied them to President Barack Obama’s appeasement of Moscow. "You just described, not only for the president, but the Republicans in Congress, dereliction of duty," Pelosi told MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace. "Undermining our own elections, undermining our commitment to NATO, giving away the store, the base, in Syria. The list goes on and on. Ignoring the annexation of Crimea,...
  • Watch: Pro-Palestinian BLM Rallies in U.S. Call for ‘Death to Israel, Death to America’

    07/06/2020 1:39:52 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 06 2020 | DEBORAH DANAN
    At pro-Palestinian Black Lives Matter rallies in New York and Washington, chants were heard calling for “Death to Israel,” “Death to America” and “From Gaza to Minnesota, globalize the Intifada!” Several hundred protesters attended the July 1 demonstration in Brooklyn dubbed as a “Day of Rage” event, set to coincide with the earliest date Israel could begin its plans to apply Israeli law over parts of the West Bank and the Jordan Valley. Speakers issued inflammatory rallying cries that ran the gamut from anti-Semitic and anti-American to just plain absurd. One pro-North Korea activist called for the end of the...
  • Trump Admin Sanctions Iranian FM Zarif as Terrorist Enabler

    07/31/2019 4:56:24 PM PDT · by detective · 5 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 31, 2019 | Adam Kredo
    The Trump administration on Wednesday issued sanctions against Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif, formally labeling him a terrorist enabler and blacklisting all of his property, assets, and investments, according to senior administration officials. Zarif has emerged as the face of the Islamic Republic's nuclear intransigence and its threats to U.S. assets and allies in the region. He played a key role in negotiating the landmark nuclear deal with the Obama administration and has been a centerpiece in Iran's bombastic anti-American rhetoric. The designation had been rumored for some time following the Trump administration's decision to designate Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps,...
  • Source: Democrat Senator Held Secret Meeting In Munich With Iranian Foreign Minister Zari

    02/17/2020 10:25:27 AM PST · by bitt · 15 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 2/17/2020 | Mollie Hemingway
    Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut and other Democratic senators had a secret meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during the Munich Security Conference last week, according to a source briefed by the French delegation to the conference. Murphy’s office did not respond to repeated requests for comment by press time. Such a meeting would mean Murphy had done the type of secret coordination with foreign leaders to potentially undermine the U.S. government that he accused Trump officials of doing as they prepared for Trump’s administration. In February 2017, Murphy demanded investigations of National Security Advisor Mike Flynn because...
  • Pompeo Responds to Reports Democrats Secretly Met Iran's Javad Zarif (John Kerry there, too)

    02/19/2020 5:08:40 PM PST · by bitt · 45 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 2/18/2020 | Katie Pavlich
    Speaking to reporters during a joint press conference with Ethiopian Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo responded to reporting that a number of Democrat Senators secretly met with Iranian Javad Zarif during the Munich Security Conference. “I have seen that piece about some senators meeting with Foreign Minister Zarif. This guy is designated by the United States of America. He’s the foreign minister for a country that shot down a commercial airliner and has yet to turn over the black boxes. This is the foreign minister of a country that killed an American on December 27....
  • Iran’s FM says his meeting with US senator spooked Trump

    02/19/2020 7:19:09 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | February 19, 2020 | By AMIR VAHDAT
    TEHRAN -- Iran’s foreign minister said Wednesday that he believes his recent meeting with a U.S. senator had spooked the Trump administration because it was an opportunity to talk directly to “the American nation.” Mohammad Javad Zarif met last week with Sen. Chris Murphy on the sidelines of an international security conference in Germany. The Connecticut Democrat defended the meeting on Tuesday after his actions were questioned in conservative media, and as President Donald Trump suggested they may have violated U.S. law. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he hoped anyone who meets with Zarif would be reflecting the U.S....
  • Trump Administration Blocks Iran’s Top Diplomat From Addressing the U.N. Security Council

    01/06/2020 5:03:12 PM PST · by Eddie01 · 80 replies
    foreignpolicy ^ | 1/6/2020 | By Colum Lynch, Robbie Gramer
    The Trump administration is barring Iran’s top diplomat from entering the United States this week to address the United Nations Security Council about the U.S. assassination of Iran’s top military official in Baghdad, violating the terms of a 1947 headquarters agreement requiring Washington to permit foreign officials into the country to conduct U.N. business, according to three diplomatic sources. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif requested a visa a “few weeks ago” to enter the United States to attend a Jan. 9 Security Council meeting on the importance of upholding the U.N. Charter, according to a diplomatic source familiar with...
  • Nenoksa village gets evacuation advise ahead of missile launch (near Arkhangelsk)

    07/06/2020 6:47:45 AM PDT · by texas booster · 8 replies
    The Barents Observer ^ | July 6, 2020 | Thomas Nilsen
    It is the city administration in nearby Severodvinsk that has posted the warning on its portal. «From 6:00 on July 7 to 18:00 on July 8, the village of Nenoksa are inside the danger zone during work by the 1st scientific center of military unit 09703,» the message reads. The military informed the Severodvinsk administration that the evacuation is «for those wishing to leave Nenoksa.» There are about 500 inhabitants in the village which is located 2 kilometers from the missile test site of the navy. Five busses will be ready to evacuate the villagers. ... Port Authorities of Arkhangelsk...
  • Russian-born scholar: False allegations of affair with Flynn used as pretext for FBI probe

    07/05/2020 6:14:17 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 7 replies
    Just the News ^ | July 5, 2020 - 6:28pm | Alex Nitzberg
    Svetlana Lokhova's life flipped upside down when she became ensnared in what she describes as a completely false narrative that she had recruited Michael Flynn to work with the Russian government. Lokhova, an immigrant from Russia to Britain who worked as an academic at the world-renowned Cambridge University, found herself facing allegations that she had been involved in an affair with Flynn. A new mother at the time, Lokhova described herself as "absolutely gobsmacked" by the allegations. She explained during an interview on the "John Solomon Reports" podcast that she met Flynn once in 2014 when he visited Cambridge while...
  • 1,100 Russian tanks, 330 warplanes along border with Ukraine

    07/05/2020 5:46:24 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 99 replies
    Ukrinform ^ | 03.07.2020 14:58 | Vasyl Korotkyi
    Our state informed OSCE about military potential being accumulated by Russia against Ukraine Ukrainian and American experts, as well as the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, warned that under the pretext of holding strategic exercises Kavkaz 2020, Russia may resort to a large-scale offensive against Ukraine. The other day, the Russian president signed a decree on conscription from the reserve "for military training" - without specific dates for this training. This only increased the likelihood of an offensive – behind the decree may be the attempt of the Russian leadership to conduct a covert mass mobilization for...
  • Putin mocks rainbow flag outside US embassy in Moscow and suggests it reflected on the diplomats' sexual orientation

    07/04/2020 4:25:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 53 replies
    AFP ^ | July 3, 2020 | Staff
    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday mocked a rainbow LGBT pride flag hung from the US embassy in Moscow, suggesting it reflected on the orientation of the diplomats. During a televised video conference, a lawmaker told Putin that the US embassy had hung a rainbow flag on its facade for the first time to celebrate Pride month in June. 'Who works in this building?' Putin asked the speaker, Senator Alexei Pushkov, to be told 'Americans.'
  • Schumer: Trump Is the ‘Weakest’ President in American History

    07/04/2020 1:07:19 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 46 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 03 2020 | PAM KEY
    Friday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called President Donald Trump the “weakest” president in American history. Schumer said, “President Trump from day one has shown such weakness to Vladimir Putin that an autocratic power-grabbing man like him will constantly take advantage and he has been doing that through the years. Right now, with everything going on, with Russia being one of the biggest foes that we have, Trump calls for them joining the G-8, you know making the G7 a G8 and adding them in. When every other country says no way.”
  • North Korea says it has no plans for talks with US

    07/04/2020 12:02:09 AM PDT · by McGruff · 14 replies
    AP ^ | 7/4/2020 | KIM TONG-HYUNG
    North Korea on Saturday reiterated it has no immediate plans to resume nuclear negotiations with the United States unless Washington discards what it describes as “hostile” polices toward Pyongyang. The statement by North Korean First Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui came after President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, John Bolton, told reporters in New York Thursday that Trump might seek another summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as an “October surprise” ahead of the U.S. presidential election. South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who had lobbied hard to help set up the now-stalled negotiations between Washington and...